FORD FELLOWS FUND
. . . advancing our commitment to diversity in academe
Through its Ford Foundation Fellowships Program, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Ford Fellows Fund.
Begun in 1994 by Ford Fellows, over the last twenty years Ford Fellows have contributed more than $180,000 to the fund. Since the Ford Foundation matches whatever the fellows donate, through the generosity of past contributors the Fund was able to help the Ford Foundation and National Research Council make additional fellowship awards. This year 124 pre-doctoral, dissertation, and post-doctoral scholars were awarded Ford Foundation Fellowships of $20,000 to $40,000.
I am writing to ask you to consider making a personal contribution to the Ford Fellows Fund.
Your continued support throughout our 20th Anniversary year will help us to look forward to the next twenty years. As our Co-Fellows did in 1994 when they established the Ford Fellows Fund, let's continue to work together to sustain the Fund so that future Ford Fellowship awards can be made.
I have already made a personal contribution to the Ford Fellows Fund and I hope you will join me. Any contribution – $500, $200, $100, $50 or less – will make a significant difference in our efforts to support Ford Foundation Fellows. Several institutions, organizations and companies will match individual funds either through in-kind donations or direct contributions, so I encourage you to pursue this if it is available as it is a way to further leverage donations.
By contributing to the Ford Fellows Fund, you are directly helping to increase the diversity of the academy, and contributing to the success of a scholar.
Thank you for joining me in this important effort.
Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba
Chair, Ford Fellows Fund
Please take a moment to contribute to the Fund. Make your check payable to The National Academies. Please be sure to add "Ford Fellows Fund" in the memo line of the check and mail it to:
Office of Development
The National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
On-line contributions are now possible through The National Academies homepage. Just follow this link http://www.nationalacademies.org/giving and click on the banner provided in the left margin of the page entitled "Making a Gift Online" to launch the contribution form.
NOTE: please select "Ford Fellows Fund" from the list provided on the contribution form. This will ensure that your gift will be credited to the Ford Fellows Fund.
We gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by fellows.
An article on the Ford Fellows Fund, “Past Recipients of Ford's Minority Fellowships Raise Money to Add to Their Numbers,” was printed in the Chronicle of Higher Education on December 17, 1999.